CAL – The Concepts-Al-Anon’s Best Kept Secret? (Item # P-57)

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WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Whereas the Steps are about recovery, & the Traditions about unity, what the Concepts are about is in their full title: the 12 Concepts of Service.

Q: What is service?

A: Gratitude in action!

Per “Many Voices, One Journey” (item # B-31) page 154, Lois W. presented the Concepts in 1970 as a guide for “those of the future who will manage our services.”  So the Concepts are sort of like an insurance policy for our program to run effectively not just today, but all tomorrows as well.

2. Short 2-page explanations are dedicated to each Concept & they’re easy to follow.  The pamphlet suggests that as a member, without even knowing it I might already be starting to practice the Concepts through developing trust, respect, & responsibility.  (Perhaps that is the “secret” the title refers to?)   The 12 Concepts just extends these practices further out – from me, to my group, to the world & eventually the universe!     Soon the transformation will be complete.  Mu hah hah hah hah…   (long pause for dramatic effect)    MU’WHAHAHAHA!!! 🦹‍♀️

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Patty L. says:

    Pat, you are enticing me to read about the Concepts. See you tomorrow at the district meeting. Blessings. Patty L.

    1. Pat A. says:

      I hope so – to both points!!!

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